Welcome to EPW-USA - Enterprising & Professional Women

Welcome from the EPW-USA President

Welcome to the EPW-USA Website!

Our Theme -  Leaning in and Leading:  Bridges to Equality

The 2013-2015 Executive Committee welcomes you to our website.  We are Empowered Women Leading Business throughout the US and territories.  We encourage you to peruse our pages to learn more about us.  We are honored to have an affiliation with the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW).  Our network spans the globe and reaches women in nearly 100 countries.

We are proud to be able to share interests with women around the world and support one another.  We focus on the needs of women and families - issues such as equality, education, environment, leadership, work/careers and more.   We are reminded to celebrate the advancements of women in the US and worldwide, and to focus on the needs still to be met.

Also, participate in exciting educational webinars sponsored by our Virtual Chapter or one of many programs focusing on advocacy that our affiliate federations and chapters host throughout the year. See the Events page for more details.

We are excited about being part of a city-by-city project called Cities for CEDAW.  Please follow this link to learn more about this important initiative to end discrimination of women in education, labor, finances, assault, trafficking and much more.

And, check out our blog at epwusa.wordpress.com to read more from our officers and members!


Liz Benham, EPW-USA President

Past President IFBPW

Cities for CEDAW banner    Women Impacting Public Policy  

Women's Empowerment Principles

EPW-USA has implemented the Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business. These principles are a partnership initiative of United Nations Women and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to provide a "gender lens" through which business can survey and analyze current initiatives, benchmarks and reporting practices.  They have been created to help companies tailor existing policies and practices - or establish needed new ones - to realize women's empowerment.  Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to:

  • Build strong economies;
  • Establish more stable and just societies;
  • Achieve internationally-agreed goals for development, sustainability and human rights;
  • Improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities; and
  • Propel businesses' operations and goals.



Why EPW? 1921...less than 100 years ago:
The 19th Amendment giving United States women the right to vote was ratified.
Why EPW? 1968...less than 50 years ago:
Shirley Chisholm is FIRST African American woman elected to Congress.
Why EPW? 1981...less than 35 years ago:
Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as FIRST woman U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Why EPW? 1983...less than 35 years ago:
Sally Ride becomes the FIRST woman to fly in space.
Why EPW? 1994...less than 20 years ago:
Violence Against Women Act is passed.
Why EPW? 2013...